Saturday must be TeaDay, 3/15/08

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You are out to eat, what are you most likely to drink?

Water
26
55%
Soft drink
4
9%
Alcoholic beverage
4
9%
Tea
11
23%
Coffee
0
No votes
Fruit Juice
1
2%
Other
1
2%
 
Total votes: 47

Postby Proinsias » Mar 15th, '08, 15:18

If I'm to able get good beer, ale, wine, cider, whiskey or fruit juice then that is what I usually choose.

I'm never really in a position whereby I can order tea with a meal and know that I won't turn into an insufferable tea bore or have more internal dialogue that I can be bothered with. I'm fairy confident I can order top notch alcoholic beverages or freshly squeezed fruit juice and be very happy with my choice as it's often better than what I've got in the house.
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Postby Chip » Mar 15th, '08, 15:35

Sorry Mary, forgot about that one. :shock:

Ono Tokusen Sencha in my cup...2nd attempt since opening this yesterday. Yesterday was a flop, today it is a little better, but I am struggling trying to find the groove with this one. I think around 33 bucks for this unusual offering, but as I look at the leaf and contemplate the brew, I cannot help but wonder if this is 2nd flush sencha. It certainly does not look like the picture which is rich green, this has that pale green leaf that I would expect from a 2nd flush.

If I am out to eat, I order water right away. Later, I may ask for hot water for tea, rarely drinking house tea. But water is a must. I rarely drink anything else when I go out to eat.
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Postby Cinnamon Kitty » Mar 15th, '08, 15:40

This is a tough question since it all depends on where I am going to eat. If I go to an Oriental Restaurant, I am very comfortable with ordering the house tea. If am going out to breakfast, I get hot water and bring my own tea leaves. Pending on the style of the restaurant for dinner, I order either wine or soda, but most of the time a nice glass of wine.

I started with Den's Sencha Fuka-Midori today. It will be a green tea day all day hopefully.
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Postby Chip » Mar 15th, '08, 16:00

Cinnamon Kitty wrote:This is a tough question since it all depends on where I am going to eat. If I go to an Oriental Restaurant, I am very comfortable with ordering the house tea.
I started with Den's Sencha Fuka-Midori today. It will be a green tea day all day hopefully.


Even the Asian restuarants around here cannot brew tea...they do not seem to make the effort.

Sounds like a great idea, Cinnamon Kitty...Green Tea Day...practice for Monday, St Patty's Day.
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Postby tenuki » Mar 15th, '08, 16:43

Starting out with some 1998 Aged Formosa Bai Hao Oolong from Hou De.

I didn't like this when I initially tasted it, so I put it up on the shelf and forgot about it. Yesterday I had to move it to make room for my new Tokoname pot, so this morning it was sitting next to the kettle. I remembered my brew times and thoughts from before so tried more leaf and shorter times. Great result, I'm really enjoying it today. (gong fu style, leaves 3/4 in gaiwan when dry, fuji water, boiling, 15, 20, 25, 30 seconds after a quick rinse)
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Postby Orange Crush » Mar 15th, '08, 16:54

Mary R wrote:Argh! Chip! I can't believe you didn't go with something "Ides of March" themed for the poll today! So sad for me...it's my favorite holiday.

If I don't remember Roman political assassinations, who will? Shakespeare? As if! 8)





[Do you think Mary needs to lay off the sugar? I do! Bad Starbursts!]

Lol on my calendar at work I wrote "BEWARE" in big red letters on today's date. No one understood it without an explanation. :(
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Postby omegapd » Mar 15th, '08, 17:02

Teasweetie wrote:
Not to get off subject here...but my dad tells me that since he moved to the south, he always has to ask for a straw when he orders iced tea, but when he lived up north, he always got a straw. What's that all about?


I don't know. I guess most men don't look like they'd want a straw :?: :lol:
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Postby Victoria » Mar 15th, '08, 17:19

What's up with bringing straws with water, is what I want to know.

The second steep of the Harney wasn't so good, so I've moved on to some more of that lovely Den's Sakura.
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Postby tenuki » Mar 15th, '08, 17:23

Victoria wrote:What's up with bringing straws with water, is what I want to know.


Cooties!!
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Postby scruffmcgruff » Mar 15th, '08, 17:30

Haha, nice vid!
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Postby Chip » Mar 15th, '08, 17:32

tenuki wrote:
Victoria wrote:What's up with bringing straws with water, is what I want to know.


Cooties!!


That is for the "coke"... :twisted:

Really disgusted with the so called "high grade sencha " and moved onto Guricha which is agreeable...
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Postby JM » Mar 15th, '08, 17:50

I like a classic ale with my meal and a bourbon or scotch after.

~ English Breakfast, Rooibos and who knows latter.
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Postby scruffmcgruff » Mar 15th, '08, 17:57

I picked water. It's free, it's a mindless choice, and there's no food I know of that clashes with it.

That said, I won't turn down wine (when I'm with my father, anyway-- I haven't studied it enough to pick out anything decent), and I'll have a beer with dinner if a) I see something that looks good or b) my fellow diners are doing the same.
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Postby TaiPing Hou Kui » Mar 15th, '08, 20:53

Good day everyone! I really love eating at Japanese restaraunts so I always opt for their house tea. It is cheap and usually pretty good and typically pairs with the cuisine quite well also.

*This morning I started off with 2 cups of jasmine dragon pearls (the ones that are actually dried over the blooming jasmine flowers, not just stored with dried flowers), and I am finishing the day with some premium sencha! All brewed in the 4oz gaiwan.

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Postby tenuki » Mar 15th, '08, 20:54

Moving on to another aged oolong, this time an unroasted 1982 Wenshan Baozhong from Red Blossom. So far it is very nice, but the strong smokey/roast aftertaste of the Bao Hai I just finished drinking, which wasn't really done after 8 or so brewings, is interfering. I'm gonna try this again tomorrow morning on a fresh palette.

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ps. I am still tasting that part of the aftertaste of that Bao Hai, even after a meal, some coffee, and about 3 hours. If it wasn't so pleasant I would be annoyed.

[edit] I've decided I don't like this aged baozhong right now. Sure, it's ok, but given the price it's not complex or interesting enough. It has this pleasant sourness which I like, but the description from RB is totally different than this tea. I'm gonna try their brewing instructions next time, gong fu just isn't bringing out anything interesting at all.
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